Respect is perhaps the second most important thing after love we need to offer each other if we are to live in a more prosperous and decent world.
And it needs to be mutual. If you want to be understood and appreciated for who you are, you also have to accept others as they are. If you want a life surrounded by love and understanding, you have to be able to treat others with the same respect and dignity they give to you.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where this is rarely the case anymore. As much as we want to practice respect, we don’t always manage to do so. Way too often we let others treat us poorly and get away with it. We allow them to be part of our lives, put all our trust in them, only to get stabbed in the back. And all of a sudden, we realize that we are not getting treated in the same way as we treat others. We understand that we are far from being respected and accepted for who we truly are.
But why does this happen to us? It’s pretty simple actually.
We are the ones to blame when it comes to how others treat us because we are those who determine our own worth. And we often don’t realize this until it’s too late. Our own value depends wholly on us. We are responsible for how we see ourselves, with what level of respect we treat ourselves, and how much we love and care for ourselves.
Hence, when someone crosses the line with the thought that they would definitely get away with their actions, that is a clear indication that you are doing something wrong. It is a bad sign that the relationship you have with yourself is weak and you don’t give yourself the love and respect you deserve.
The reality is, you cannot make people respect you.
You can’t tell someone to treat you a certain way. They will do as they please and will likely treat you the way you treat them, but mostly, they will treat you the same way as you treat yourself. They will love you with the same intensity as you love yourself and care for you as much as you care for yourself. Because that is the aura you have around you.
Respect cannot be forced.
However, you can stand your ground and refuse to be treated poorly. You can confront them and decide to exclude them from your life. You can choose to avoid going anywhere near those who show you no respect. Surround yourself with people who carry positive energy with them. The choice is yours. Start changing your life from the inside out.
The most crucial thing to remember in order to succeed is that you must start working on yourself and your own self-worth. And that is something that no one else can do for you but yourself. Embrace who you are and start practicing self-love.
Take control of your life by treating yourself with the respect you deserve.
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